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'''Hans Christian Andersen''' (; ; often referred to in Scandinavia as '''H. C. Andersen'''; 2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875) was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not limited to children; his stories, called in Danish or "fairy-tales" in English, express themes that transcend age and nationality. Andersen's fairy tales, which have been translated into more than 125 languages, have become culturally embedded in the West's collective consciousness, readily accessible to children, but presenting lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity for mature readers as well. Some of his most famous fairy tales include "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Little Mermaid", "The Nightingale (fairy tale)|The Nightingale", "The Snow Queen", "The Ugly...
Birth date{{Birth date|1805|4|2|df=y}}
Birth placeOdense, Funen, Kingdom of Denmark
Death date{{Death date and age|1875|8|5|1805|4|2|df=y}}
Death placeØsterbro, Copenhagen, Kingdom of Denmark
OccupationWriter
LanguageDanish
NationalityDanish
ReligionLutheranism
GenreChildren's literature, travel literature|travelogue
InfluencesLudvig Holberg, William Shakespeare, Heinrich Heine, The Brothers Grimm
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